June 2018 Wine of the Month--2017 Lunaria Orsogna Ramoro Pinot Grigio, Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo

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June 2018 Wine of the Month--2017 Lunaria Orsogna Ramoro Pinot Grigio, Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo

A rare vibrant pink-colored Pinot Grigio from Italy's Abruzzo region looks like a rose, acts like a rose, but has a lot more going on than expected!

2017 Lunaria Orsogna Ramoro Pinot Grigio Vino Biologico e Biodinamico

Terre di Chieti, I.G.P., Abruzzo

(Pink Colored)

This Lunaria Pinot Grigio is exciting on so many levels  it’s hard to know where to begin describing it.  First of all and most importantly, this Pinot Grigio is light, vibrant, refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable and an amazing summer sipper! That’s all fantastic but not that exciting right?  Well it doesn’t stop there!


This isn’t just any typical Pinot Grigio wine and you’ll discover that as soon as you pour it in a glass.  The first thing you’ll notice is its bright pink color.  Rosé of Pinot Grigio you ask?  Well yes, sort of.  This Pinot Grigio is made in the Italian “Ramato” style which is a style typically found in the Friuli region where the wine is fermented on the pinkish-red Pinot Grigio grape skins for an extended period (longer than rosé wines) to produce a pink-to-copper colored wine with intense aromatics, savory notes and added texture.  (Ramato means copper or auburn in Italian.)   Those added Ramato characteristics make the Pinot Grigio a little more interesting and great for pairing with cured meats, appetizers, salads, seafood and white meats.  Lunaria’s name of their wine “Ramoro” is a play on the word Ramato.


Now let’s talk about Lunaria, the amazing producer of this wine.  Lunaria is a cooperative of thirty growers who have been practicing certified organic farming on over 800 acres since 2002 and Demeter Certified Biodynamic farming since 2005.  Lunaria is all about sustainability, holistic agriculture and social responsibility.   Chemical fertilizers, pesticides and additives are forbidden in both the farming and winemaking process and minimal sulfites are added only when bottling.  Even the labels, dyes and adhesives on the bottles are all made with biodegradable and natural materials.   Lunaria also partners with a local non-profit organization called Babalu, which provides social and welfare services to children with disabilities, to perform the tying of the old-world traditional rope bottle seal found on the top of each bottle.


Another fun thing about this Pinot Grigio is that it is not produced in the typical wine regions of northern Italy and not in Friuli.  Ramoro Pinot Grigio is produced in Italy’s central province of Abruzzo on the Adriatic Sea which is better known for its red Montepulciano wines.  Lunaria and its parent winery Tenuta Orsogna are located in the wine region of Terre di Chieti which lies at the foothills of the Maiella National Park and Apennines Mountains, about 10 miles inland from the Adriatic Sea.  Tenuta Orsogna is a cooperative of 600 growers practicing certified organic farming on 3000 acres of land.


If you’re a fan of rosé and dry white wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, than you’re going to love this wine.  Grab a couple bottles because this will disappear in your glass fast!


Fans of Montepulciano should try Lunaria’s ‘Coste di Moro’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

$14.99 per bottle   $179.88 per case


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